Monday, June 06, 2005

Are bloggers dorks?

Are bloggers dorks, nerds, geeks, nebs, plebs? Are we social misfits, outsiders, outcasts, unwanted, unloved? Do we hide in an unreal world, making cyberfriends, having blogaffairs as a result of our inability to make real friends and exist in normal society?

Or are we popular, sociable, friendly, outgoing, active people? Is this just a creative outlet, sometimes anonymous, often not, to rant and rave, to write and react? Not just the source of our friendships, illicit relationships and conversations that we couldn't have on the outside.

Maybe we are somewhere in between?

I rate myself as very popular and highly sociable and I think others view me that way too. How do you rate yourself? How do others view you? Where are you on the blognerd scale?

TRK

27 Comments:

At 6/06/2005 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So basically YOU are worried that YOU are a nerd cos you have a blog.

 
At 6/06/2005 4:49 AM, Anonymous Jameel said...

TRK: We need an orange blog to continue the one that cycled off the page...

Happy Jerusalem Conquest Day!

Peace,

Jameel.

 
At 6/06/2005 5:19 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I know I'm a drama nerd. I used to be President of the Stern College Dramatics Society. I love it. What's so bad about being a nerd or geek anyway? They end up being the most successful and popular people. I have no plans to stop being a nerd.
-OC

 
At 6/06/2005 6:01 AM, Blogger Kiki said...

I think there are all types of bloggers. For the lonely people it gives them a sense of sharing. FOr hte popular, it just increases their feelings of popularity.

I am not a dork. Neither are you.

 
At 6/06/2005 6:12 AM, Anonymous Jameel said...

OC: I was President of the YC CompuSci society, and still got an "A" in Prof. Beukas' Speech Class. He said I would fail the class, since Nerds aren't capable of public speaking, but I think he was only goading me to do well.

 
At 6/06/2005 6:30 AM, Blogger Just Shu said...

beukas was all talk..he told everyone they would fail, but i dont he ever gave a grade lower then a B..the man had his issues with telling the truth, and what not, but he did oiut good grades

 
At 6/06/2005 6:32 AM, Blogger Just Shu said...

TRK- i think it depends on when and how much you blog..I usually blog during work to pass tiem when I'm bored, so it doesnt effect me socailly. However if you're blogging interferes with real life, and you have constantly check up on it, then you may have social issues

 
At 6/06/2005 7:20 AM, Anonymous Jameel said...

shu or nat: In the 80's, a debating team (final speech of the term) arrived as per his instructions (wearing jackets and ties)...yet nothing else (except boxers). He made the give their entire debate as they were. Then he failed them.

 
At 6/06/2005 8:02 AM, Blogger Just Shu said...

thats awesome

 
At 6/06/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger lost99 said...

I am a complete dork. Not embarrassed in the least bit. And I love blogging and I have friends. It's a great world that we live in.

 
At 6/06/2005 9:23 AM, Blogger tuesdaywishes said...

I'm not a nerd. I'm a bored housewife who has moved so many times that I have no friends in this town who I've known more than a year or so. I also only get to use the computer when my kids are asleep or out of the house, so I can't check in often enough for it to interfere with my so-called life.

 
At 6/06/2005 9:55 AM, Blogger ghetto said...

for me the net, chatting opened me up as a person gave me so much condidence a place to air my views and i learned some very important lessons , the biggest beauty of the net is getting to know
some-body purely on who they are, not thier looks, social statues,dress sense but for the inerperson ,social misfit.. there are plenty but in general we are people who found a diffrent way to communicate.there was a time when it took over my whole life , i almost ruined by business cause i was on line to much but i think i have it under control .. we at least now i dont wake up at 3 am to see if any of my bubbies across the pond are awake!

 
At 6/06/2005 10:00 AM, Blogger ClooJew said...

TRK, I don't know why you would even suggest such a thing.

I find blogging to be, lulei demistafina, the perfect vehicle for someone who (a) has something to say, (b) has the requisite communication skills, but (c) lacks the availibility to do this sort of thing professionally.

I know for me blogging is perfect; it introduces me to new people (sort of. Who are you really?), gives me insight to real life issues, and sharpens my thinking.

This ain't some Star Wars fan club. This is real!

 
At 6/06/2005 10:15 AM, Blogger Chai18 said...

i agree with cloojew, and i started blogging because i got bored in school this year, it gives me something to do in class.

 
At 6/06/2005 10:33 AM, Anonymous A. N. Other Blogger said...

Different people have different resons to blog, hence different blogs and different personalities come across.
TRK - you didn't answer it yourself - where do YOU think you fit on the (in your own words): blog nerd scale?

 
At 6/06/2005 11:03 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I hated Beukas. I didn't have him or anything, but he put down SCDS, Stern, and women in general all the time. Jam, did he also give credit for going to his plays? He does that now.
-OC

 
At 6/06/2005 1:16 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

thanks everyone for your comments. very interesting.

anon, I don't consider myself a nerd in any way, and said so.

Jameel, working on the disengagement summary. Have a good YY.

OC, you really believe nerds become the most succesful? really? anyone else agree?

Kiki, I never said you ARE a dork :-)

Jameel, Shu/Nat and OC, please keep your comments about professor bupkis to your own blogs (kidding)

Lost99, thanks for the honesty. It's good to meet a happy dork!

TW, what town you in? We'll have a blog whip-round to find u some friends.

Ghetto, great point. I agree the blogging can be a positive force or an addictive negative one. Happy equilibrium where are thou?

CJ, but r u a dork? fess up

Chai18, you too

a.n. other, I did answer it in my post and above. what about you?

There's still a few of you who haven't answered yet (you know who you are)

TRK

 
At 6/06/2005 2:35 PM, Anonymous Chai said...

Being a non-blogger, I can't comment on my nerdiness, or lack of it. But on the whole, I get the impression that most people use blogging as an outlet, whether creative or emotional.
Of course, there are those who crave the attention they get from blogging, the response and recognition that they may not receive in the real world. And that might not be such a bad thing, if they actually have something worthwhile to say. The anonomosity of the blogworld enables us to speak our minds, without having to fear the repurcussions. I think blogging is a healthy outlet, as long as it doesn't take over...
(Of course, it's also easy to be 'someone else' online, to only reveal that which you are happy with. Maybe if I met some bloggers in real time, I'd change my tune... I wonder...:)

 
At 6/06/2005 3:29 PM, Blogger Chai18 said...

no TRK I'm not a dork, i started blogging because i got bored in class and now I'm hooked

strange posting right after chai, we share such similar names.

 
At 6/06/2005 5:16 PM, Anonymous chai36 said...

do I detect a trend?

 
At 6/06/2005 5:50 PM, Anonymous Chai72 said...

no, were just bored

 
At 6/07/2005 12:37 AM, Blogger tafka PP said...

Well I would post a comment, but you keep deleting me!

For the record. I'm not a dork. Last I checked. Or maybe I am. Who cares anyway?

 
At 6/07/2005 6:43 AM, Blogger tmeishar said...

I think each of us has totally different perceptions of what a nerd is. If someone comes up with a working definition I doubt anyone else would agree with them.
As far as whether I am a nerd, I can say with certainty that I think I am and I love it. What others may think is up to them.

 
At 6/07/2005 10:39 AM, Blogger LostSpirit said...

“dorks, nerds, geeks, nebs, plebs? Are we social misfits, outsiders, outcasts, unwanted, unloved?”
sounds to good not to want to be part of it!!!

 
At 6/07/2005 11:30 PM, Blogger EN said...

I believe we bloggers as a whole are on average more on the nerdy side than an actual nerd, more like in the 85% tile if there would be an SAT/IQ test to find out who is a nerd.

 
At 6/08/2005 7:30 AM, Blogger brianna said...

A real geek techie wouldn't be caught dead on blogspot. They'd make they're own unique site with cool computer graphics.

So, no. I say most of us have lives but don't get to express ourselves the way we can in our blogs in everyday life. And yes, most of us don't fit into the cookie cutter for one reason or another - that's part of what makes blogging highly interesting.

 
At 6/08/2005 11:03 PM, Blogger Miriam said...

I think a definition of the phrase nerd or dork is needed. I am not quite sure what it is for you.
To me it is someone who is afraid of boiling a pot of pasta both alone and in public. From what I can tell of the bloggers I enjoy seem quite capable of both this and serving it, all in public! :0)

Seriously what is the nerd? Is it the guy in the thick glasses, falling over himself, we so often see in the American movies?

 

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